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Plate: C.1435-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Montague Close Pottery (Possibly)
Printmaker: Tempesta, Antonio (After)




Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale turqoise, and painted in pale and dark blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and manganese-purple. In the middle within two narrow manganese circles is a man on horseback holding a spear in his right hand, accompanied by two hounds chasing a stag towards the right. Above are the initials and date '16 S/I.A 76'. On the rim is a border of alternating yellow and blue stylized flowers between pale blue and manganese circles.


History note: Mr Stoner, London; sold to Mr Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased for £3 on 15 December 1906 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.2 cm
Width: 21 cm

Relative size of this object

21 cm3.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 17th Century
Charles II
Production date: dated AD 1676


Probably made in Southwark, possibly at the Montague Close pottery. This is one of four plates known with analogous decoration. The Victoria and Albert Museum's plate has a label on it stating that the plates belonged to the Attfield family of Windlesham, and that 'The letters stand for Isaac and Sarah Attfield 1676 the date of their marriage.'. However, it seems more likely that the I stood for John Attfield of Windlesham, son and heir of James (d. 1683). The late Frank Britton could not find an entry in the parish registers between 1677 and 1695 for a John and Sarah Attfield, and suggested instead that the letters might stand for Jasper Scoles and Abigail Maude who were married at St Botolph's, Bishopsgate, London on 3 May 1676.

The stag hunt may have been inspired by an etching of mounted hunters chasing a deer by Antonio Tempesta, which was pl. 4 of his 'Hunting Scenes VI' of 1609. (Bartsch XVII, 167,1143), although the huntsman's arm is in a different position from the man in the print.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, dark blue, yellow, pale turquoise and manganese-purple.)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale turquoise Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed pale turquoise, and painted in blue, dark blue, yellow, pale turquoise, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 16 S/IA 76
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in manganese
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1435-1928
Primary reference Number: 71998
Old object number: 2592
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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